President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Kaduna state governor, Mr. Patrick Yakowa have condemned Sunday's suicide bomb attack on a Catholic Church in Kaduna.
"The President, who was extremely saddened by the explosion, described it as barbaric, cruel and uncalled for." Dr. Rueben Abati, the President's Special Adviser on Media said on Sunday.
President Jonathan noted that the apparent objective of the criminal and unpatriotic elements and forces behind the attack is to set back the progress the Administration has made in the fight against terrorism in the country. "It is obvious that these people do not mean well for Nigeria and its unity and development," he said.
The President however, expressed confidence that the war against terrorism would become more unrelenting as the nation would never give in to the forces of terror and retardation. He added that the persistence of messengers of evil will not prevail over the will of the government and the people to secure peace and safety.
"Our efforts to deal with all acts of terror and violence would only be redoubled even as the security agencies continue to receive all the support they need from government to reverse this unfortunate and unacceptable trend that threatens the peace and stability of our nation," President Jonathan said.
The President commiserated with the Catholic Church, family and friends of the victims of the bombing, assuring them that government's resolve to deal with the threat of terrorism remains strong.
On his Facebook page, Governor Yakowa commiserated with all those who lost or had their loved ones injured in the suicide bomb attack on St Rita's Catholic Church, Unguwar Yero, Malali, Kaduna on Sunday.
The governor also said: "May God comfort and grant them grace and fortitude to bear the loss and grant speedy recovery to Rev father Mike Boni Bazza and all injured Parishioners and Children "
"I call on all Citizens to be calm and law abiding as Security Agents are working tirelessly; providing adequate security and maintaining peace throughout the State. Government will not rest on its oar but continue to ensure that all necessary security apparatus are put in place to avoid occurrences of such dastardly acts in our dear State".